N-VA adjusts energy market rules

30 November 2011

Yesterday, the Parliamentary Committee dealt with the transposition of the third energy package, including many new rules for gas and electricity. Constructive opposition work by the N-VA resulted in the government adjusting many items in its draft. At the end of the day, no fewer than 11 N-VA amendments achieved a majority vote in the Parliamentary Committee. The N-VA paid particular attention to consumer protection. Indeed, proper protection of the consumer is vital if we want to increase Competitiveness The extent to which companies in one country can compete with similar companies in another country. A law came into force in Belgium in 1996 to monitor competitiveness. This stipulates that Belgian salaries may not evolve faster than the average of those in the three neighbouring countries. The Central Economic Council (CEC) performs an annual measurement to see if the objectives have been obtained. competitiveness on the market so that families can opt for a cheaper supplier without risk. “Lowering the threshold to give competition a chance on our electricity and gas market is essential for the consumer to get a grip on his or her bill again,” the N-VA stated.

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